Ho Chi Minh: A Life

Ho Chi Minh: A Life

by William J Duiker
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Ho Chi Minh: A Life by William J Duiker

The magisterial and authoritative biography of one of the towering and mysterious figures of the twentieth century. Ho Chi Minh's epic life helped shape the twentieth century. But never before has he been the subject of a major biography. Now William Duiker has compiled an astonishing work of history that fills this immense void. A New York Times Notable Book and one of the Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2000--now in paperback!

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ISBN-13: 9780786887019
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Edition description: 1 PBK ED
Pages: 695
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

William J. Duiker is Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He was a member of the History Department at Penn State until his retirement in the spring of 1997. A former foreign service officer with posts in Taiwan and South Vietnam, he currently specializes in the history of modern Vietnam and China. He was awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the spring of 1996.
Professor Duiker has written several books and articles on subjects related to modern China and Vietnam. His The Communist Road to Power in Vietnam (Westview, 1981) received a Choice Outstanding Book Award for 1982-1983, and a second award when it was published in a second edition in 1996. Other books include U.S. Containment Policy and the Conflict in Indochina (Stanford, 1994) and Sacred War: Nationalism and Revolution in a Divided Vietnam (McGraw-Hill, 1995). In recent years he has developed a strong interest in world history and with colleague Jackson Spielvogel published a textbook entitled World History (West, 1994), a third edition of which appeared in the fall of 2000.
While at Penn State, he served as chairman of the East Asian Studies Program, as well as director of International Programs in the College of Liberal Arts. He is currently a regular lecturer for the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., and lives on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

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Ho Chi Minh 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author William J. Duiker¿s book, ¿Ho Chi Minh: A Life¿ is masterful piece of research into a world few in the West ever knew existed. Born Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 19, 1880, Duiker follows Ho through his youth and education, his trip to New York City where he worked as a chief¿s assistant at the famed Carlton Hotel, his failed attempts to obtain recognition for his county at Versailles following the end of World War I, and finally, his emersion in revolutionary politics in Stalinist Russia, out which would come the man destined to be a player on the world stage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for anyone studying the Vietnam War or the history of the 20th century. It is erudite but readable. Suitable for the scholar and amatuer alike.
ryeLee More than 1 year ago
Ho Chi Minh is at the top of my "Most Admired List". He represents the best in humanity. Please read before disagreeing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
William Duiker, is by far an authority on the life and the works of Ho Chi Minh. He knows more about Ho Chi Minh than most Vietnamese in Vietnam and abroad. An excellent text along with Stanley Karnow, 'Vietnam: A History.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's a great biography packed with information on Ho Chi Minh. The book is a great read. The author has done painstaking research to give us a book that adds substantially to understanding our most controversial war by understanding this man who came to be the symbol of Vietnamese communism. After reading this book we are free to draw our own conclusions but this book adds a wealth of knowledge for us to make decisions on what this man meant to the history of Vietnam.